OBITUARY: Mary (Welling) Thiel, 91

Below is an obituary from the Thiel Family:

VENICE, FL — On Thursday, October 6, 2022, Mary Thiel, a beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully in Sarasota, FL, surrounded by her family. She was 91 years of age. She is predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Welling of Wilmington, MA, as well as her two older brothers, Edward and James. Mary is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joseph T Thiel, and her sister Patricia Bishop, of Toledo, OH. Mary will be greatly missed by two children and their spouses, Jay and Gayle Thiel of Townsend, MA, and Mary Beth and Michael DiFiglia of Rydal, PA. A loving grandmother, Mary is survived by three grandchildren, Allison Thiel, Graham Thiel, and Elizabeth DiFiglia.

Born in Boston, MA, Mary was a graduate of Wilmington High School. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Education from Salem State College and Master of Education from Boston University. Living for many years in Tewksbury, MA, Mary taught business courses to public high school students for 25 years, predominately in Wilmington. She worked to help evolve the business curriculum from shorthand and typing to include offerings that develop entrepreneurial and business management skills. She obtained funding for a student run school store and established a Distribution Education Club of America(DECA) chapter, serving as their advisor for many years.

Mary was a striking, confident woman, who relished time spent with family and friends. Her talents and passions included athletics, singing, needlecrafts, gardening, reading, baking and entertaining. She loved to travel and to learn the history and culture of the people in the places she visited. Mary was devoted to her family and enjoyed a long retirement and happy life with Joe in Venice, FL.

A funeral Mass will be held at St Dorothy’s Church, 11 Harnden Street in Wilmington, MA, on Tuesday November 22, at 10 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The Dementia Society of America.

Mary Thiel

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